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Tue
02
Jul

Mary Ann Dirksen

Mary Ann Dirksen, 77, of Eastman, passed away Friday, June 28, 2019, at the Bellin Memorial Hospital in Green Bay. 

She was born Dec. 24, 1941, in Sioux Falls, S.D., the daughter of Leonard and Rose Kelly. 

She married Elmer Dirksen on Feb. 7, 1957, in Bryant, S.D. Together they farmed in South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin. Mary Ann enjoyed sewing, quilting and was a great cook. She especially enjoyed raising and tending her peacocks. 

Elmer preceded her in death on May 19, 2016. 

She is survived by her sons, Gordon (Jen) and Matthew (Danielle) Dirksen both of Green Bay; her grandchildren, Aiden, Brooke, Dane, Brady and Justin (Missy); along with her great- grandchildren, Noble, Cadence and Landolin. 

Tue
02
Jul

Virginia M. Williams

Virginia M. Williams, 89, of Prairie du Chien, died Friday, May 24, 2019, at Clare Bridge (Brookdale) assisted living in La Crosse. 

Ginny was born July 8, 1929, to Dr. Henry and Florence (McIntosh) Gauger in Prairie du Chien. She graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1947.

Tue
02
Jul

Missing Iowa man located safe

Following an exhaustive search starting at around 8 p.m. on Friday, June 28, the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office announced the safe discovery of 56-year-old Mark Kloser, of Earlville, Iowa. 

Kloser walked from a family home near Edgewood, Iowa, at around 5 p.m. and was not immediately located by family. Search efforts lasted until around 3 a.m. on June 29, and resumed at around 6 a.m. Kloser was safely located at his home shortly after 2 p.m. 

Although the missing person investigation started in Clayton County, the search expanded into Delaware County, where the departments were assisted by countless agencies. The efforts of every agency and person involved assisted in the positive outcome and, according to Sheriff Mike Tschirgi, their action “is a true testament of the dedication of area emergency services personnel.”

Tue
02
Jul

Stark’s attempts world record: World’s largest Spotted Cow display


Randy Stark (right) and Stark’s Sport Shop salesman in the early 1980s, Bruce Hundt, stand in front of their World’s Largest Black Velvet display, which garnered the store a world record at the time.

A few happy customers take home some liquor from the display.

Stark’s Sport Shop in downtown Prairie du Chien put together a Guinness Book of World Records attempt at the world’s largest Spotted Cow display, which included 1,031 cases of the Wisconsin brew. It’s their understanding that the previous record was less than 1,000 cases. Staff sent photographic proof of the display to Guinness for consideration, which may take a couple months. Building the stacks of Spotted Cow inside the store took seven people an hour and a half Friday morning, June 28. The impetus for this throw-back display came from the family business’ world record for the largest Black Velvet display created in the early 1980s. This is Stark’s 75th anniversary year. Starting today (Monday), Stark’s is offering 30 giveaways for anyone who visits the enormous display and signs up. Pictured are Randy, Ron and Alex Stark. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Tue
02
Jul

PdC high schooler makes deep-rooted commitment to conaervation


Elizabeth Carlson (fourth from right) at the Kids for the Boundary Waters meeting with Sen. Tammy Baldwin. This organization was created to build a community of young wilderness advocates who are involved in the fight to defend the pristine waters, forest and wildlife of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Upcoming Senior Elizabeth Carlson stands on a frozen Big Donahue Lake, while at Conserve School in Land O’ Lakes in northern Wisconsin.

By Peyton Meisner

 

For Prairie du Chien High School senior Elizabeth Carlson, conservation plays a major role in her life.

In 2018, Carlson was accepted into Conserve School after a couple of rounds of interviews. The Conserve School is a semester school for environmentally and outdoor-minded high school students located in Land O’ Lakes, along the northern Wisconsin border with Michigan. She spent the first semester of the 2018-2019 academic year there.

While there, Carlson felt she picked up a new comprehension of conservation, “My entire class schedule was tailored to the environment. For example, in my English class, we read works from famous conservationists like Aldo Leopold and in my history class we learned about the history of conservation,” she explained.

Tue
02
Jul

La Riviere Park: Prairie du Chien’s hidden gem


This kiosk stands at the entrance of La Riviere Park and helps show visitors the extensive hiking areas.

By Peyton Meisner

 

La Riviere Park consists of 300-acres of land that features over six miles of excellent hiking trails and 50 plus miles of adjoining horse trails. The park is a mix of hardwood forest, grasslands and native prairies.

La Riviere Park was donated to the city of Prairie du Chien in 1977, by Dan La Riviere, as a public park and recreational area. 

La Riviere was born March 9, 1898, in a large two-story house in Bridgeport Township. The house was constructed by Hercules Dousman. When La Riviere was 6-years-old, his family moved to where the current park is located. In 1914, his father Solomon purchased an additional 140 acres, putting the total acreage of the farm at around 300.

La Riviere attended St. Gabriel’s School and then the public high school. 

Mon
01
Jul

Prairie du Chien American Legion baseball team to hold fish fry fundraiser Saturday


The Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers pose with their trophy after winning the Prairie du Chien Tournament earlier this season. Team members are, front row: Dylan Coleman, Zach Mara, John Nicholson, Tyler Smock, Clayton DuCharme, Gavin Gillitzer, Blake Bremmer and Grant Martin. Back row: Assistant Coach Bjorn Thompson, Assistant Coach Chas Sagedahl, Cory Check, Jacob Joy, Ryan McGrath, Conner Smith, Frank Cipra, Hunter Davis, Drake Coleman, Assistant Coach Tyler Wilkinson and Head Coach Nate Cejka.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien American Legion Baseball program will be hosting a fish fry fundraiser the afternoon and evening of Saturday, July 6. 

Mon
01
Jul

Five players, one family to be inducted into Eastman Fast Pitch Hall of Fame


The Carl and Marlene Achenbach family is being inducted as Friends of the Game.

 

Five players and a Friends of the Game family will be inducted into the Eastman Fast Pitch Hall of Fame on July 4 at 4 p.m. at the Eastman Ballpark.

 

Friends of the Game

Achenbach Family

Mon
01
Jul

Kozelka is new highway commissioner

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

At a special Crawford County Board meeting on Monday morning, Kyle Kozelka of Prairie du Chien was elected by the board as the new Crawford County Highway Commissioner.

Kozelka will replace retiring Commissioner Dennis Pelock, who has been with the Highway Department for 30 years, 22 as commissioner.

Mon
01
Jul

Excavating work underway for River Ridge athletic fields


Vincent Excavating, of Lancaster, is busy doing the excavation and earth moving work for the River Ridge athletic fields project.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Excavation and earth moving has began for the $2.2 million River Ridge athletic fields project.

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